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|Residents raise environmental concerns|
With Earth Day a week away, two Franklin Parish residents have brought local environmental issues before the Franklin Parish Police Jury, each looking for long range solutions.
Earth Day is an annual event, celebrated this year on April 22 and usually recognized in much larger communities, calls attention to national and local environmental concerns.
Popular local musician Gene King and Shelli Tabor, who has been a resident near Turkey Creek Lake for the past nine years, each approached the Police Jury last week with local environmental questions and problems.
King told jurors that a perpetual leak in the Turkey Creek dam on the east side threatens to become a major problem for the jury.
Tabor, a building construction superintendent who works mostly out of the area, proposed a recycling program for the parish.
"The leak right now is relatively small and will be easy fix," said King. "If it is allowed to continue, we all know what water can do."
"We are a very simple community with simple recycling needs and very similar to West Carroll Parish and Oak Grove. There has been a recycling program in that community for the past 20 years," Tabor said.
"What we need is public education," she added.
She reminded jurors that the parish pays $21.10 per ton of refuse hauled by Delta Disposal to its landfill near Monroe and suggested the parish could could cut its cost by recycling.
"In Oak Grove, they use an old sweet potato conveyor belt in the recycling process and recycle only plastic, paper and metal. We could do that," she said, "and reduce the cost by selling the raw materials."
She said costs of garbage collection could be lowered by two ways: with less materials per shipment going to the landfill and by the sale of reusable materials.
She said the sorting and other tasks could help create jobs.
"We have to be willing to change and not fear the need to change," Tabor told jurors who asked Treasurer Sam Wiggins to join Tabor in future discussions about the possible creation of a recycling program.
"Any system does not have to be elaborate," said Tabor. "After all, one metal can be recycled to save enough energy to run a television set for three hours and a single plastic soft drink bottle saved can power a computer for 25 minutes."